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Georgia To Allow Underwater Logging, Despite Environmental Concerns

Along with regular lumber, Ryan Lee's sawmill supplies wood from sunken cypress and pine logs, which fell into rivers while being rafted to ports and sawmills during the heyday of Southern logging in the 1800s and early 1900s. >> Read the Full Article

Rumsfeld Links Environmental Protections to Exposure of U.S. Troops in Iraq

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned Monday that procedures designed to protect the environment can sometimes jeopardize U.S. troops and should be balanced against military needs. "When those concerns are not balanced, the consequence can be unfortunate," he told those gathered here for a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. >> Read the Full Article

Law Requires Use of Biodiesel in Illinois State Vehicles

A new Illinois law will require state and local governments, school districts, universities, community colleges and mass transit agencies to fuel their diesel vehicles with 2 percent biodiesel. >> Read the Full Article

Mauritania's Poor Remain Convinced They'll Get No Share of Oil Wealth

This country hasn't even started exporting oil yet, and already some Mauritanians are demanding a share of the hoped-for profits. >> Read the Full Article

USDA To Allow 'Organic' Label on Cosmetics

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and other natural-cosmetics companies have won their fight against the government for the right to stamp the "USDA Organic" label on lip balms and body lotions. >> Read the Full Article

Coca-Cola, Ford, 3M, 68 Other Facilities Commit to Environmental Improvements Beyond Current Regulatory Requirements

EPA announced 71 facilities from 29 states and Puerto Rico as new or renewing members in a program rewarding facilities that voluntarily exceed regulatory requirements. >> Read the Full Article

SmartWood Program Certifies First U.S. National Park

The Rainforest Alliance's SmartWood program has awarded the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of a national park to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller (MBR) National Historical Park, making it only the second U.S. federal land to receive such certification. >> Read the Full Article

Florida Citrus Growers Face an Urban Future

Florida's farmers and ranchers will have to find other sources of revenue from their land if they hope to survive in an increasingly urban state. Fortunately, the state's rapid urbanization also offers opportunities for other revenue sources in the form of "green payments" for conserving land in an environmentally friendly manner. >> Read the Full Article

Farmers' Almanac Warns of Temperature Fluctuations

Get your sweaters, mittens and hats ready. The Farmers' Almanac warns that the coming winter will bring unusually sharp fluctuations in temperature, and says readers "may be reminded of riding a roller, or in this case, 'polar' coaster." >> Read the Full Article

Thai Elephant Fitted With Prosthesis

A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday. >> Read the Full Article